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“Yearbook Photo” By Late Cambrian

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AND THE HITS KEEP COMING from the Late Cambrian camp. Camprian? This band does not rest, cranking out catchy singles, often accompanied by nicely produced and off-kilter videos. While Late Cambrian’s catchiness was formerly derived from a more traditional crunchy guitar pop, with their last few tracks, they’ve moved in a more synth-and-rhythm direction, but without sacrificing their trademark hooks and harmonies. The newest is called “Yearbook Photo,” and it’s just super-nice to listen to, don’t you think? Follow @LateCambrian.

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Melanie Edwards Is Down On Valentine’s Day

melanieedwardsValentine’s Day approaches, and each year there is a subversive and satisfying sub-genre of songs protesting the general mood and spirit of the Hallmark-manufactured holiday. On her self-described “anti-Valentine’s theme song” for 2016, singer and songwriter Melanie Edwards ruminates on the wreckage of a long relationship with the simple, possibly unanswerable question, “What Happened?” Is it sad? Yes, it is sad. The simple production and dry, close vocal lend even more intimacy to the heartbreaker. This single, available on iTunes on February 12th, heralds the D.C. artist’s 9th studio album.

Song For David Bowie

bowieThere was not much we could think to add to the conversation when David Bowie passed away on January 10th, so, like many others, we took comfort in the man’s rich catalogue of amazing music. But we want to share this new “Song for David Bowie” by Kat Robichaud, who speaks for hundreds of thousands who, over the years, have reconciled their own sense of un-belonging, of being different, with the help and comfort of the world’s greatest oddball, David Bowie.

Appropriately, this was recorded at Robichaud’s own “Misfit Cabaret” series, which will come to full fruition on March 11-12 at The Great Star Theater in San Francisco. Click here for more info.

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Blondfire’s “True Confessions” Video

Blondfire-True-Confessions-EP-cover-art-426x426We’ve got the smashing new video from the rocking L.A. pop band Blondfire. “True Confessions,” the title track from a forthcoming EP, is given a nice, complimentary black and white treatment, focused mainly on the band performing the song. It also features frontwoman Erica Driscoll, who directed the video, in some more intimate shots – which were captured on the singer’s iPad at her home. It’s a great, high energy should-be hit song and video, check it out. The True Confessions EP is due March 11th.

 

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The Return Of Jae Apollo

JaeapolloIt’s been about a year and a half since we heard new music from Jae Apollo, but he’s finally back with a new single. It’s a tour-de-force, eight and a half minute track called “Last Run,” and the Brooklyn rapper is calling it his most personal work to date, helping to explain his recent absence from the scene. There’s a lot to unpack here, but it sounds like some different matters all caught up with him at once, and a bit of pain held him back for a while. The loss of a friend, of a relationship, the struggles of an artist, and clearly conflicting emotions about it are opened up here. The run is the metaphor, and having been dragged down, he’s giving it everything for what feels like it could be a last chance to break free: “I’ll run until my last breath or feel my ankles breaking…somehow I just won’t quit, I been through too much shit.” Follow @JaeApollo on Twitter.

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Sexy Darth Vader

brittanycampbellWhat can we say about this? It’s the great Brittany Campbell, whose album Heroes we told you about last year, and who has a history of releasing amazing videos, with her newest entry for the song from that album, “Sexy Darth Vader” (featuring Reddaz). Obviously the time is ripe to give this song a new life, and with this clever blast of a video (directed and choreographed by Mathenee Stefan Treco), we have reason to do so.

[Explicit lyrics, FYI.]

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A New Remix From Yonas

yonas twYou probably don’t need me to tell you that Adele‘s new single “Hello” is currently ubiquitous. Open up your window, wait a moment, and you’ll surely hear it on the wind. There’s evidence that “Hello” has become self-aware and fully sentient, and rumor is that the song has secured its own recording contract and may or may not be dating Taylor Swift. Covers of this zeitgeist single are pinging off every corner of the Internet a thing with corners, obviously with mixed results. It’s best left to Yonas, then, to really do something new with this song. Yonas has spent the last couple of years helping redefine the term “remix,” taking popular singles and essentially rewriting the bulk to create a unique track. As with previous efforts, the Bronx MC forgoes samples in favor of a well-crafted full band version, collaborating in this case with the modern rock band Living In Fiction. Yonas riffs on the vibe of the original lyric with some self-reflexive, rapid fire verses of his own. As always, he proves himself one of the best independent rappers in the game. Check out this clip, directed by Mike Squires, and get a free download of the song here. Follow @itsYONAS.

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Ex Norwegian Delivers ‘Pure Gold’

-VZfdxaNFrom New York by way of Miami Beach, the simply excellent pop/rock group Ex Norwegian have dropped their newest LP Pure Gold. The full album stream is currently on YouTube and you can listen to it below. As you’re about to hear, the band is saving ‘alternative’ guitar rock for the new millennium (is this millennium still new?), dressing up, for example, solos reminiscent of Matthew Sweet and garage-y Pixies riffs with sharp indie pop production. On top of it all are super-hooky songs and the irresistible harmonies / alternating lead vocals of Roger Houdaille and Michelle Grand. Follow the band on Twitter @exnorwegian.

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Se’von Drops “Can’t Live My Life” Single And Video

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Check out the new single and video from Georga MC Se’von. It’s got an ornate, piano-pounding beat, creating a lush soundscape for Se’von’s thoughtful lyric. Enhanced by a beautifully shot video, “Can’t Live My Life” is a momentous piece of work by an artist reaching his full potential. Keep up with him on Twitter @SevonMusic.

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New Track And Holiday Shows From The Figgs

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The mighty Figgs, a one-time OurStage Artist of the Week, have released the first new song from their forthcoming full-length album. Listen to “Your Smile Is A Deadly Thing” below:

As if a great new track were not enough, we (up here in the Northeast, at least) have some Figgs gigs to look forward to, starting this weekend. The band traditionally plays a slew of holiday shows, highlighted by unpredictable set lists and this time, no doubt, by more new music. Dates:

12.11.15 New York, NY – Bowery Electric (w/ Doug Gillard)
12.12.15 Albany, NY – The Low Beat (w/ The Charlie Watts Riots)
12.18.15 Pawtucket, RI – The Met (w/The Upper Crust)
12.19.15 Allston, MA – Great Scott (w/The Upper Crust)